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It’s been a while since I’ve shared some Tarot Kitties, though these two often just like to be in the room with me instead of right by the cards. Newt prefers the desk in our new study/studio room while Miss Willow likes the chair (though she prefers the one I’m sitting in at the moment).

This week seems to a string of cards that are fairly serious in nature. We shall see how this continues to go.

Honeysuckle – Lonicera peliclymenum (Latin), Ul Uinllean (Ogam)

Green Man Wisdom: Wisdom hides in secret places

Meaning: The ancients often saw wisdom as hidden or secret, accessible only by the initiate rather than the ordinary man or woman. This notion came from a desire to preserve the power of the Mysteries, the point of divine interaction with the everyday world. Their true nature was known to all, but the practices and rituals flowing out of the teachings of the gods were kept hidden, for to make them available to all would have diluted their powers. The revelation of thesis, through the initiation experience, shone a light into the darkness of the soul and illuminated the innermost longings of humankind.

Wisdom can be just as hard to find today, but it is there all the same. Honeysuckle in a reading suggests that a wealth of meaning lies hidden, r easy to be uncovered and explored.

Honeysuckle Lore: Honeysuckle folklore centers around love and courtship. In Lowland Scotland, a young man visiting his sweetheart always carried a stick cut from honeysuckle, as it was Sid to bring lucky to the venture and to indicate honorable intentions. Its strong, sweet=smelling flowers, scenting the air most strongly at night, Brough young women erotic dreams and luck to any marriage. Hung over the door of house, honeysuckle kept unwanted visitors out and good luck in, and over the entrance to the cowshed it protected cattle from milk theft by the faeries.

The Twining Plant: Honeysuckle is famed for its climbing properties. It loves nothing more than to embrace the trunk of a gree, often covering its host in delicate golden blossoms. In Shakespeare’s A MIdsummer Night’s Dream, Titania, Queen of the Faeries (having cast a spell over Bottom that puts him to sleep), said, “Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms … so do the woodbine, the sweet honeysuckle, Gently entwist.”

The Spirit of Nature Oracle by author John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

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Thank you for being patient with the card this morning – I pulled the card but went for a walk before remembering I hadn’t actually posted it. Oops.

Anyhow, this is an interesting card indicating that many of us need to take the step through a threshold state of life. Don’t let fear hold you back. Blessings!

Beech – What lies beyond the threshold?

Meaning: Crossing thresholds is a way of moving from one state of bing to another, but they can be frightening places, confronting us with uncertainty and change. Being creature of habit, it is easier fo us to stay with the known and familiar, yet if we refuse to confront what lies beyond the threshold, we can remain in a stagnant condition. What is on the other side of the threshold may be actively enticing you into a new experience, a lesson that will develop your skills. Beech can signify the death or end of something but also stands for the changes that arise through realization.

Since its gift is the revelation of experience, Beech in a reading suggests you should cross the threshold that is challenging you, gain experience from the unknown, seek revelation and increase your knowledge.

Beech Lore: The beauty and femininity of the beech is obvious – traditionally, it is called the “Queen of the Woods,” sharing place of honor with the kingly oak. Local British traditions associate it with the serpents, probably because of its serpentine root systems, which are revealed by soil erosion when they are planted on hills or slopes. Behind this again lurks the notion of the wise serpent going knowledge to those who ask for it. Several altars to the beech have been discovered in the French Pyrénées, suggesting its importance to the Celtic tribes who lived there. It is said that no harm would ever befall a traveler shelling beneath its branches, while prayers uttered in its shade were bound to be answered, just as any curse spoken there was said to be more effective. Slivers of beech wood and leaves were once carried as talismans to bring good luck and increase creative energy. Wishes were carved on beech wands, which were subsequently buried in the earth, were said to be particularly effective and, as the wood rotted away in the earth, the wish was related to bear fruit in the outer world.

Preservers of lore: Thin leaves of beechwood are said to have been bound together to form the first book, which is certainly in line with its central association with writing and the transmission of lore. The Anglo-Saxon word for beech was bok (which became book); in German, buche is beech and buch is book, while the Swedish word bok means both book and beech. These associations have led to the tree being associated with gods of learning. In the Egyptian pantheon, Thoth is the inventor of writing, the preserver of lore. Hermes is his Greek equivalent, while Ogma in the Celtic tradition and Odin in the Norse are both responsible for the discovery of letters from which the Ogam and Runic alphabets descend. Dried beech leaves were used to stuff mattresses in France until recently as the nineteenth century; indeed, the soft whispering noise produced when these were lain upon prompted them to be dubbed lits de parlement (speaking beds). Sleeping on one of these, and asking a question before falling asleep, meant that one received a wise answer in the night.

Spirit of Nature Oracle by author John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

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Today we have the Rowan tree, one that is frequently seen in lore but often connected to protection. A good way to start the week, don’t you think? Blessings!

Rowan – Safe in the Knowledge of Protection

Meaning: Protection means that we are looked after by a power stronger than ourselves. Whether we look to a go or gods, to angels or spirits, for our help, we should acknowledge the need for protection in every aspect of life. Just as we would be foolish to attempt to climb a mountain without strong ropes and proper climbing equipment, we should not consider entering into any other activity without ensuring we have the proper protection.

Rowan’s ability to shield us from harm makes its presence a powerful ally, and it is still invoked in parts of Europe as a guardian against evil spirit or other negative forces. It can also offer insight into danger through the invocation of higher wisdom. The Druid shamans of the Celts were said to use it in this way, breathing in the smoke from rowan fires to initiate a trance state in which their heightened perception enabled them to forward against the onset of danger. Its presence in a reading indicates that you are protected from harm.

Rowan Lore: It is thought that the rowan got its name from the Norse word runa, meaning charm. It has had an association with protection from ancient times and is often found growing close to houses and churchyards to ward off evil presences. Traditions speak of the rowan as an especially powerful protector against witchcraft, and that to bind a piece of red thread around a twig of rowan can turn aside the strongest spell.

Blood of the gods – The sheer brilliance of the rowan’s colors – deep green and scarlet – announces it present like a trumpet all wherever it grows. Its red berries meant that it was associated with both life and death, and since the color red was believed to represent the blood of the gods so the berries were seen as their natural food. The gods and goddesses associated with the rowan are among the most powerful deities. In Greek mythology, the rowan strand from the blood of an eagle, sent by Zeus to recover the Cup of the Gods, which had been stolen by demons, whereas in Scandinavian myth the first woman was created from a rowan tree. The tree was especially honored by the Norse people because it was said to have saved the god Thor from drowning when it reached forth its branches to catch him as he was swept away by a furious river.

Goddesses of the Sun – Rowan is ruled by the sun, so it is not exactly surprising that several of the deities connected with it are also solar. In Ireland, therefore, the goddess Brigid is often represented by the rowan, while in Britain it is Brigantia, an ancient tutelary deity of the land, is also invoked under its sign. Both these goddesses had strong associations with the sun, with its protective energy and with the first stirrings of spring. Brigid was also the goddess of poetry and inspiration, and in later Christian myth was said to have nursed the infant Jesus. Both Brigid and Brigantia are said to have possessed arrows made of rowan, which could catch fire when necessary.

The Druid’s Tree – The rowan is especially sacred among the Celts. It was given great honor by the Druids, and in Ireland is still known as fid na ndruad, or “the Druid’s tree.” The Druids planted rowan trees – along wit oaks and has – in the sacred groves where they gathered to worship. Throughout Ireland it was protected from harm so long as the tree was healthy and well cared for. This tradition is still kept alive in parts of Europe, where rowan trees are found growing close to houses or churchyards and where sprigs of rowan pinned above a door frame are said to keep away those from evil intent.

The Spirit of Nature Oracle by author John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

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